The digital edition of QuiltCon 2016 Magazine is now available, and my article "Sweepins': The Rise of Improvisational Quiltmaking in America" is included. The four-page feature article discusses the history of the improvisational style in American quiltmaking, while celebrating the appearance of Gwen Marston as Keynote Speaker at QuiltCon 2016.
|Gwen loves old quilts! Sisters, Oregon, 2012 (photo by Kristin Shields)|
|Center Star, 2013, quilted by Tomme Fent|
|"Wild-Eyed Susans" 2013|
|Nine Patch quilt top, New York, c. 1830|
Prior to the turn of the 19th century, American bedcovers were elegant wholecloth, applique and embroidered works. The less formal, scrap quilts came later, and coincided with the establishment of the textile and garment industries in America. The signature wedge-shaped patches came from cutaway scraps. Today, people take classes with teachers like Gwen, learning how work in an improvisational style replicating the cutaway shapes.
|"Sweepins'" article featuring Kristin Shields' magnificent "Love in the Digital Age"|
|"Center Star" - masterfully quilted by Tomme Fent|
|Quiltmania Magazine, France, 2013|
|MANifestations 2014 invitation|